December 21, 2018 – THEME WEEK DAY 5

We’re on our final day of our theme week, Christmas Characters Around the World! What a week it’s been – we’ve talked about figures from Germany, Italy, France and Iceland. Today, we’re talking about one from Spain, the Catalonia Region, to be more exact. There, they have the tradition of the Tio de Nadal. The Tio de Nadal is a hollowed out log, which sits on four legs, has a smiling face and wears a small red cap. The Tio appears on December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Every night after that, it is tradition for children to give the tio a little bit to eat, and cover him with a blanket so he stays nice and warm. They must do a good job of taking care of the log, so that it will…ahem…excrete…presents for them on Christmas. Then, either on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, the Tio is placed partly into the fireplace, and to make it expel the presents, it is beaten with sticks, while singing festive songs. The Tio traditionally drops candies, nuts, nouget and small toys – bigger objects are considered to be brought by the Three Wise Men. When a head of garlic or onion is dropped, all the treats are finished for the year. The log was traditionally then burned, and its ashes scattered in the fields to ensure a good harvest the following the year.

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So there you have it, 5 Christmas characters from around the world – monsters, witches, and a pooping log. The Wiki Corner is off over Christmas, and will return December 27. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!